When our fellow Community members get knocked down, it's our responsibility to help them get back on their feet. You guys did just that by sending thoughtful notes to Dean in private, publishing articles that alerted the Community to the situation, and signing on in mass numbers for a gift from Bleacher Report to the Herring family.
The Herring family has set up a fund for Josiah's funeral—Bleacher Report will be making a contribution, as will I personally. I encourage any of you who have the means to extend your financial support to the Herring family as they honor the life of a lost child.
Checks should be made out to the following address (all donations are tax deductible):
South Valley Baptist Church
P.O. Box 338
Kuna, Idaho 83634
I also ask that you consider donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who made Josiah's final days truly special. In Gray Ghost's words:
[The Make-A-Wish Fund] picked Josiah's family up at their house, drove them to the airport, flew them to Orlando, gave them a rental car, provided all tickets for Disney World, put them in a $645 a night Disney hotel room, gave them food, passes to the front of the lines, set up breakfast with Disney characters - and treated them like they were the most special people in the world.
When Josiah lapsed into his coma on his 5th day there, they did everything they could to help, and after a week in the hospital there in Orlando, they flew the little guy home in an air ambulance so that the family could be in familiar surroundings. We will never forget what they did for him.
Charities like this that help families in need cannot exist without our support—to donate, please visit their site and make sure that the contribution is in honor of Josiah Herring.
Thanks again to all in the Bleacher Report family for coming to Dean's aid during such a difficult time.